Club Shop remodel set for summer

Lobby-level project will open a new window on history

Work on the lobby-level Club Shop renovation is set to begin in late May and carry through summer. The project marks the first major Clubhouse update to be supported by the Washington Athletic Club Foundation. When finished in October, the space currently housing the Club Shop will be transformed into a coffee shop with drop-in workspace and a private meeting room.

As part of the project, historic boarded-over windows will be uncovered, allowing natural light into the space for the first time in 30 years. The project will also connect the new coffee shop with the historic Voogd Library, providing easier access to a much-loved reading room.

The WAC is working with architecture firm Skidmore Janette and contractor Nielsen Commercial on the project. Skidmore Janette has worked on notable Seattle projects such as Life on Mars and El Gaucho’s flagship steakhouse in the historic Union Stables building. Nielsen Commercial boasts an impressive portfolio of Northwest projects, including Lady Yum in Bellevue Square.

The Washington Athletic Club Foundation is a member-funded
501(c)(3) nonprofit with the sole purpose of preserving and enhancing the WAC Clubhouse, a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation invests all donations into Clubhouse improvement projects, delivering funding
that would otherwise need to come from the Club’s operating budget. Foundation donors of $10,000 or more will be honored on the donor recognition wall in the lobby, also set for installation this year. Donations of all sizes are accepted and may be pledged or made in cash, securities, or other property. Legacy giving is also invited. Recognition levels include Bronze ($10,000-plus), Silver ($25,000-plus), and Platinum ($100,000-plus).

As part of the library coffee shop project, Club Shop apparel and other retail sales will move into a vacant space near the lobby-level Member Services desk previously occupied by the Barbershop.

—Make your tax-deductible donation to the WAC Foundation online at

As published in the April/May/June 2022 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted March 25, 2022

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